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February 14, 1935 to January 26, 2017

Born in Dublin, Ireland on February 14, 1935, Rita Klafki was the fifth of nine children in

the family of Michael and Margaret Nolan.

In the spring of 1957, Rita ventured across the Atlantic to the Rocky Mountains of

Canada to join her sisters, Nellie and Mary, in Golden, B.C. Here she met and married

Leo Klafki, a young German recently arrived in Canada. Together they built a full and

rich life, raising six children: Trudy, Jenny, Greg, Stephan, Patricia and Richard.

Rita was a devoted wife and dedicated mother. She was strong. She was kind. She was

funny. On January 26th, 2017, with her family at her side, she passed away peacefully

at the age of 81.

She is survived by Leo, her husband of 58 years; her sisters: Mary Spaens, Kitty Carroll

and Joan Nolan; her children: Trudy (Chris), Jenny, Greg (Leslie), Stephan (Laura),

Patricia and Richard; her seven grandchildren: Jaret, Dawn, Spencer, Ty, Markie, Anya

and Nadia, as well as numerous nephews and nieces across Canada, Ireland and


Our love surrounds her.

You are neither here nor there, A hurry through which known and strange things pass / As big

soft buffetings come at the car sideways / And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.

Seamus Heaney, Postscript

A prayer service will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Golden, BC on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm followed by Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in the Golden Community Cemetery.

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Arrangements are in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, BC.

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